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Barbra Streisand Blames Parents While Discussing Leaving Neverland Documentary

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Barbra Streisand has always been loud.

This week, she was loud and wrong.

Streisand told the Times in Britain that Leaving Neverland subjects Wade Robson and James Safechuck “were thrilled to be there,” adding that their experiences with Michael Jackson “didn’t kill them.”

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While she believes Safechuck and Robson, Streisand placed the blame on their parents.

“I feel bad for the children,” Streisand said. “I feel bad for him. I blame, I guess, the parents, who would allow their children to sleep with him. Why would Michael need these little children dressed like him and in the shoes and the dancing and the hats?”

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Streisand also did her best to minimize Jackson’s penchant for abuse, telling the paper that “you can say ‘molested’,“ she said, “they both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”

Leaving Neverland, the HBO docuseries that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, contains hours of testimony to the abuse suffered at the hands of Jackson, which began while Robson and Safechuck were children.

During the documentary, Safechuck showed off a ring from Jackson, which he described as their wedding ring.

“He would reward me with jewelry for doing sexual acts for him,” Safechuck said. “We had this mock wedding ceremony. We did this in his bedroom. We filled out some vows. It’s like we’re bonded forever. It felt good.”

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According to Streisand, Jackson’s “sexual needs were his sexual needs.”

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Streisand also did her best to minimize Jackson’s penchant for abuse, telling the paper that “you can say ‘molested’,“ she said, “they both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”

Holy fucking yikes, Streisand. Stick to saying/singing pre-written lines.

That said (unpopular opinion): I think you can blame the parents without minimizing Jackson’s acts. No one’s saying these kids deserved what happened to them. But it’s not like they were sent to a well-respected school or made them volunteer as altar boys for their church, or part of some formal program that’s been socially accepted as a reasonable situation to leave your kids; these were unsupervised sleepovers at a single/childless (at the time) non-family member’s house. I know parents are a lot more fearful about...well...everything nowadays, but I struggle to see how any well-adjusted adult would find that appropriate even in the best-case scenario.